Community holds vigil, offers reward after Raleigh cab driver fatally shot

Cyril Efobi in a photo from his family.
Cyril Efobi in a photo from his family.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Members of the Nigerian community in Raleigh want justice for one of their own.

Cyril Efobi, 56, was shot and killed nearly two weeks ago outside Universal Cab Company where he worked.

Surveillance images from the shooting. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE
Surveillance images from the shooting. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE

Several dozen people gathered for a vigil in Efobi’s honor Monday night where the shooting happened. One by one people came out to light candles, pray and sing.

Attendees wanted to remind the community that the murder is unsolved.

“We really want to get to the bottom of this. We want to catch the person who did this murder,” said Christopher Ilonze, Efobi’s cousin.

Surveillance images from the night of the shooting show a man who police believe is involved, but no arrests have been made.

“We have no clue as to what motivated this individual to just show up and shoot and kill him and run away,” said John Eluwa, a friend of Efobi.

“He was so nice, so jovial, he always makes jokes wherever he is,” said Ilonze of Efobi.

Efobi’s friends and family have raised $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case. They want closure and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

“The Nigerian community and other people that know him, and other people that he’s served are hurting,” said Eluwa.

There will be a ceremony for Efobi on Dec. 9.  After that, friends say that his body will be flown back to Nigeria.

Anyone with information that might assist them is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.

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